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Following the conclusion of the 2009 Big Ten Championships, Vicky Villanueva of the women’s golf team was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year as well as a Second Team All-Big Ten selection. Villanueva, a native of Chacabuco, Argentina, is the first Buckeye to be named Freshman of the Year since Kristen White received the award 2002. She is the sixth OSU golfer to earn the award overall. In 24 rounds this season, Villanueva had a 77.54 stroke average and three finishes in the Top 15, including two in the Top 10. She concluded the Big Ten championships in a tie for 12th.

Bryan Koniecko, a senior tri-captain on the men’s tennis team, garnered his second-consecutive Big Ten Athlete of the Year honor and was named a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection April 23 in Ann Arbor, Mich. With the athlete of the year honor, Koniecko became the first Buckeye and just the third Big Ten student-athlete to earn the conference’s top honor in back-to-back seasons.

A season ago, the Long Island, N.Y., native became just the second Ohio State men’s tennis player to receive the accolade, joining Vince Ng who received the award in 2003. Koniecko was a perfect 10-0 in singles as well as doubles play during the 2009 Big Ten season. This year, the four-time All-Big Ten honoree set the Ohio State all-time program record for career doubles win with 122 victories and tops the school’s all-time combined career wins list with 249 (127, 122). The two-time ITA All-American is only the eighth student-athlete in the conference to win both Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2006) and Athlete of the Year laurels.

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The Ohio State University’s Learning in Fitness and Education (LiFE) summer youth program was the recipient of a University Outreach and Excellence in Engagement Grant April 24 at the 2009 James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture at The Ohio State University’s 4-H Center.
LiFE sports, which is the new moniker for the former National Youth in Sports Program (NYSP) at Ohio State, was awarded a $56,000 grant to aid in funding the program for the next two years. The grant’s aim is to “Support an interdisciplinary team to build upon their academic/research excellence and to establish an innovative, creative, scholarly outreach and engagement initiative that contributes to the university’s efforts to understand and address the pressing needs of communities.”
The 2009 Big Ten Championships and Tournaments in the sports of baseball, men’s and women’s golf, rowing, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field will receive television coverage between May 3 and May 24. All of these championship events will be produced in stunning high definition by the Big Ten Network.

No. 26 Baseball (31-10; 11-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Bob Todd
The Buckeyes won a weekend series over Northwestern, taking two of the three games, to remain in first place in the Big Ten Conference with an 11-4 record. The team defeated Northwestern, 5-4, April 24 and, 11-7, April 25 before losing Sunday, 10-6.
Ohio State earned its first win when trailing after the seventh inning with its hard-earned 5-4 victory April 26. Trailing 4-3 entering the ninth inning and 0-9 in such situations this season, the Buckeyes manufactured two runs for the victory.
Matt Streng had two hits, including his sixth home run of the season, and two runs scored while Drew Rucinski pitched the final 1.1 innings to pick up the win and improve to 7-2 on the season.
Justin Miller powered the team to its 11-7 win April 25 by hitting a grand slam home run and driving in a career-high six runs. Dean Wolosiansky pitched 7.0 innings of seven-hit, five-earned run baseball to improve his record to a Big Ten-best 9-1 on the season.
Miller is in the Ohio State career Top 10 lists in four categories: at-bats (4th, 738); hits (7th, 245, passing Alex Eckelman’s 241 on Friday); doubles (T4th with 47); and RBI (8th, 162, passing Jason Trott, Nick Swisher and Alex Eckelman Saturday). Miller had half of the team’s 18 RBI this weekend. He also led the team with a .462 average (6-for-13).
Ryan Dew (.455), Dan Burkhart (.444) and Cory Kovanda (.400) all hit above .400 for the three-game series.
Ohio State senior relief ace Jake Hale was been named the Pitcher of the Week in the Big Ten Conference April 20. The honor comes in the wake of the announcement that Hale is in the running for the fifth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award. The Albany, Ohio and Alexander High School graduate is one of 45 pitchers nationally and the only pitcher from the Big Ten Conference to be included in the USBWA’s midseason “watch list.”
All three games of the Big Ten Conference series against Michigan this weekend (May 1-3) at Bill Davis Stadium will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
Up Next: vs. Akron, 6:35 p.m. April 29 at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. May 1 at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (Big Ten Network)
vs. Michigan, 1 p.m. May 2 at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (Big Ten Network)
vs. Michigan, 1 p.m. May 3 at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (Big Ten Network)

Men’s Basketball
Head coach: Thad Matta
Ohio State will take on Florida State Dec. 2 at Value City Arena as part of the 2009 Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Buckeyes are 2-5 all-time in the event after winning at Miami, Fla., last season. The Buckeyes return all five starters from the 2008-09 squad that finished tied for the No. 4 spot in the Big Ten with an overall record of 22-11 and 10-8 in Big Ten Conference play.
Jeff Boals, the associate head men’s basketball coach at the University of Akron last season, has joined the Ohio State men’s basketball staff as an assistant, Thad Matta, head coach of the Buckeyes, announced April 28. Boals replaces Archie Miller, who left Ohio State for an assistant position at the University of Arizona.

Football
Head coach: Jim Tressel
In front of a national spring game national attendance record 95,722 Buckeye fans, the Gray squad defeated Scarlet, 23-3, April 25 at Ohio Stadium. The scrimmage broke the Ohio State spring game attendance record for the fourth-consecutive season as the Buckeyes concluded their annual spring practice. A crowd of 76,346 braved soggy conditions in Ohio Stadium last year to watch the Scarlet team defeat the Gray, 20-7, in the 2008 Spring Game.
Four former Buckeyes were taken on day one of the 2009 NFL Draft April 25. Cornerback Malcolm Jenkins was the first Buckeye taken at No. 14 overall by the New Orleans Saints. Running back Chris Wells was the second Buckeye picked in the first round, No. 31 overall by the Arizona Cardinals. The final two were selected in the early stages of the second round. Linebacker James Laurinaitis was the third pick (35th overall) in the second round by the St. Louis Rams while the Cleveland Browns took wide receiver and Cleveland native Brian Robiskie with the next pick at No. 36 overall.
On April 26, three more Buckeyes heard their names called. First was cornerback Donald Washington who was selected with the second pick of the fourth round (102 overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs. Wide receiver Brian Hartline was selected six picks later by the Miami Dolphins (108 overall) and linebacker Marcus Freeman was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the 18th pick in the fifth round (154).

Men’s Golf
Head coach: Jim Brown
Ohio State signed Matthew Turner to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Jim Brown and associate head coach Brad Sparling announced April 20. Turner, a native of England who currently lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will join the Buckeyes as a freshman for the 2009-10 season.
Up Next: at Big Ten Championships, TBA May 1-3 in State College, Pa.

No. 25 Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
Firing its lowest team score of the tournament with a 306, Ohio State concluded the 2009 Big Ten Championships in third place April 26 in West Lafayette, Ind. Competing on the par 72, 6,333-yard Kampen Course, the Buckeyes totaled 1,255 throughout the 72-hole tournament.
Maintaining their lead for the third-consecutive day was host school Purdue. The Boilermakers shot a final round of 300 to lead the field by 37 strokes at 1,209.
Leading the Buckeyes were junior co-captain Emma Jandel and freshman Vicky Villanueva who tied for 12th place at 315. Jandel, of Dayton, Ohio, matched her lowest score of the event by closing with a 2-over 74. Her round included two birdies and four bogeys and she was even on the back nine.
Sophomore In Hong Lim shot a final round of 81 to tie for 20th with a total of 320. A stroke back was senior co-captain Gemma Webster who had a final round of 79 to finish the event tied for 25th.
Following the conclusion of the 2009 Big Ten Championships, Villanueva was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year as well as a Second Team All-Big Ten selection. Lim was a First Team All-Big Ten honoree as well as the Buckeyes’ recipient of the Sportsmanship Award.
Villanueva, a native of Chacabuco, Argentina, is the first Buckeye to be named Freshman of the Year since Kristen White received the award 2002. She is the sixth OSU golfer to earn the award overall.
Up Next: hosting NCAA Central Regional at Scarlet Course, TBA May 7-9

Women’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
Ohio State wrapped up the 2009 season tied for No. 14 in the nation with Big Ten rival Michigan. The Buckeyes ended the season with a 195.735 regional qualifying score to end among the Top 15 in the nation, a feat unmatched by Ohio State squads in over a decade.

Men’s Lacrosse (7-7; 3-2 GWLL)
Head coach: Nick Myers
In front of an NCAA men’s lacrosse regular-season record crowd of 30,192, Ohio State lost to No. 3 Notre Dame, 14-8, in sunny, warm Ohio Stadium April 25. Buckeye junior goalie Brandon Freeman made a career-best 18 saves in the defeat, while senior Jeff Ryan had four goals and an assist for his second-consecutive five-point game. Senior Joel Dalgarno’s goal in the first quarter was the 123rd of his career, as he tied the program record set by Terry Gilmore in 1979.
Ohio State led 3-0 in the first quarter but Notre Dame outscored the Buckeyes, 4-1, including a goal with one second remaining, in the second quarter to send the teams into halftime tied at 4. The Irish scored the next seven goals to take the lead and push the score to 11-4. Ohio State ended the run with a goal with 3:16 left in the third quarter. Each team scored three times in the fourth.
The Buckeyes will take on Air Force in the semifinals of the Great Western Lacrosse League tournament May 1in Birmingham, Mich. Ohio State enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed. Notre Dame and Quinnipiac will face off in the other semifinal game May 1. The winners will meet in the championship May 3 with the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament on the line.
Up Next: vs. Air Force at GWLL Tournament, TBA May 1 in Birmingham, Mich.

No. 13/14 Women’s Lacrosse (11-5; 2-2 ALC)
Head coach: Sue Stimmel
Ohio State finished its regular season with an 18-10 ALC conference loss at No. 1 Northwestern April 22.
The two teams were tied 7-7 at halftime, with six different Buckeyes scoring in the first half. After exchanging goals to knot the score 8-8, Northwestern scored four unanswered goals over seven minutes. Ohio State scored only twice more over the last 17 minutes.
Maghan Beaudrault and Gabby Capuzzi each scored two goals for the Buckeyes. Rachel Hawes, Olivia Annalora, Kelly Haggerty, Jayme Beard, Alayna Markwordt and Kirsten Donahue scored single goals for OSU. Goalie Kristen Gilwee recorded six saves.
Up Next: vs. Penn State at ALC Tournament, 5:30 May 1in State College, Pa.

No. 14 Softball (38-7; 12-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
The Buckeyes continued their winning ways by defeating non-conference foe Oakland (Mich.), 11-3 and 13-0, in doubleheader action April 26 at New Buckeye Field in front of 917 fans. Winners of 14 of the last 15 games, Ohio State improved to 38-7 on the season.
Alicia Herron finished the day with two homeruns, both in the first game, as the freshman shortstop moved into third-place all-time in the rookie record book for round-trippers. She has eight this season, trailing junior Sam Marder (10, 2007) and ’03 graduate Kristine Himes (10, 2000). Marder also hit one out of the park in the second game of the doubleheader, tying the school record for single-season homers with 16 and moving to within one of tying the career record 41 set by Himes in 2000-03.
Kim Reeder earned her 20th win of the season (20-4), becoming just the fourth Buckeye player to earn at least 20 wins in the circle in a single season. Megan Miller pitched a complete shutout game in the second, keeping her undefeated record intact at 5-0.
The Big Ten-leading Buckeyes split their series with Purdue April 22, falling 3-2 in the first game before earning a 4-1 win in the second, at New Buckeye Field. The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak for the Buckeyes.
In game two vs. the Boilermakers, Lindsay Bodeker struck out eight and allowed just four hits through seven innings to earn her 13th win of the season, while Leah Ledford scored two runs and put up a pair of RBI hits that plated each of the other two.
Ohio State pulled out to a 1-0 lead in the first game, but a three-run rally in the fourth gave Purdue the lead and ultimately the win.
Up Next: vs. Western Michigan, 5 p.m. April 29 at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio
vs. Western Michigan, 7:35 p.m. April 29 at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio
at Northwestern, 1 p.m. May 2 in Evanston, Ill.
at Northwestern, 1 p.m. May 3 in Evanston, Ill.

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (31-1; 10-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
Down 1-0 after dropping the doubles point, the No. 1-seed Ohio State men’s tennis team fought back, winning four-consecutive singles matches to claim its fourth-consecutive tournament title with a 4-1 victory against No. 2-seed Illinois at the 2009 Big Ten Tournament April 26 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes’ last four tournament titles have all been claimed vs. the Illini. The championship match will be televised by the Big Ten Network on a tape delay on Sunday, May 3 at 6 p.m.
Sophomore Balazs Novak claimed the clinching point for Ohio State at No. 5 singles with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Illini Abe Souza. Novak, a native of Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, is now 34-5 in singles after going a perfect 10-0 in Big Ten play this season.
Under head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State has won five of 10 Big Ten tournament titles since he took charge of the program during the 1999-2000 campaign. The Buckeyes improve their conference win streak to 53-consecutive matches with the championship win and are currently 104-5 in its last 109 league matches, including postseason play.
Led by Steven Moneke with wins at No. 1 doubles and No. 3 singles, the Buckeyes delivered a 4-1 loss to Michigan, host of the 2009 Men’s Tennis Big Ten Tournament to advance to the title match. Moneke, pairing with junior Justin Kronauge to make the country’s 17th-ranked tandem, downed Michigan’s No. 51 Jason Jung and George Navas, 8-6, at the No. 1 spot to clinch the doubles point for Ohio State. In singles, the Scarlet and Gray earned three victories, dropping just No. 5 singles. Moneke, ranked ninth in the ITA national rankings, made quick work of Sroczynski, posting a 6-2, 6-3 win at the No. 3 spot.
The squad advanced to the semifinals after downing No. 8 seed Wisconsin, 4-0, at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Buckeye pair Bryan Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa claimed the doubles point for Ohio State, winning, 9-7, against Patrick Pohlmann and Luke Rassow-Kantor at No. 3 doubles. At No. 5 singles, No. 70 Novak claimed the Buckeyes’ first postseason win of the 2008-09 season.
Koniecko, a senior tri-captain for the Buckeyes, garnered his second-consecutive Big Ten Athlete of the Year honor while Tucker earned his fourth-consecutive Big Ten Coach of the Year laurel April 23 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Joining Koniecko on the 2009 All-Big Ten Team were Moneke and Kronauge. Senior tri-captain Ty Schaub received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State.
Koniecko was named Big Ten Player of the Week April 21 for the second-consecutive time and fourth time overall this season. He earned the honor after winning two singles and three doubles matches last weekend as the No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team improved to 28-1 overall and a perfect 10-0 in conference play to claim its fourth-consecutive Big Ten regular season title.
The Long Island, N.Y., native became the Buckeyes’ fourth weekly conference honoree in a row after he earned the award April 14 and March 31 while classmate Moneke received the accolade April 7. Koniecko captured his first weekly honor of 2009 Feb. 10. In all, Ohio State student-athletes have collected a league-high eight Big Ten Player of the Week honors this season.
Up Next: hosting NCAA Regional, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 8 at Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio
hosting NCAA Regional, Noon May 9 at Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio
at NCAA Championships, TBA May 14-25 at George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas

No. 38 Women’s Tennis (15-10; 7-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
At the Big Ten tournament in Madison, Wis., Ohio State posted a quarterfinal victory over 45th-ranked Indiana April 24, 4-1. After losing the doubles point that came down to a tiebreaker at No. 3, the Buckeyes rallied to win four singles matches. Christina Keesey cruised to a win at No. 3 singles over Alba Berdala to tie the match score at 1-all. Paloma Escobedo followed with a 6-3, 6-1, win at No. 2 singles against Charlotte Martin to put Ohio State ahead. Kirsten Flower won at the No. 1 spot, downing Zapadalova, 6-3, 6-3. Senior Angela DiPastina clinched the win with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Lindsey Stuckey.
The Buckeyes fell for the second time in three weeks to No. 1 Northwestern (24-1, 10-0 Big Ten), losing, 4-0, April 25 in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. The loss eliminated the Buckeyes from the conference tourney.
Flower was named first team All-Big Ten April 23, the conference announced. Flower is the sixth Buckeye all-time to be named to the All-Big Ten team and the first since current assistant coach Sadhaf Pervez earned the award in 2003.Flower, a native of Upper Arlington, played the entire spring season at No. 1 singles for the Buckeyes, going 13-10 at the top spot overall and 6-4 in Big Ten conference singles matches. She won four matches over nationally ranked opponents and reached a high point this season by winning eight of ten matches from Feb. 6- March 27.She excelled in doubles as well, teaming with Escobedo the majority of the season at No. 3 doubles. The tandem went 12-2 together in the spring, including an 8-1 record in the Big Ten. Alone, Flower was 18-8 in 2008-09 with a 15-4 mark at No. 3 doubles.
Keesey also was honored by the conference, winning her first career Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
The 4x400m relay team of Matt Comer, Stephen Robinson, Brandon Woodard and Thomas Murdaugh directed an outstanding effort Ohio State at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Ohio State placed second with an NCAA provisional time of 3:07.65, the Big Ten’s second-best time this season.
Cory Leslie finished third in the finals of the 3000m steeplechase. The freshman surpassed the NCAA regional qualifying mark with his time of 9:05.05, the fifth-best in the Big Ten this season.
The Buckeyes return to Columbus for the 24th Annual Jesse Owens Track Classic May 1-2.
Up Next: hosting Jesse Owens Classic, 2 p.m. May 1 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
hosting Jesse Owens Classic, 11 a.m. May 2 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
at Stanford Payton Jordan Invitational, TBA May 3 in Palo Alto, Calif.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
Ohio State wrapped up competition at a rain-soaked Drake Relays April 25. A fifth-place and NCAA provisional time for Ayrizanna Favours and the 4x400m relay team was the highlight of the day for the Buckeyes. Their run of 3:41.31 is the second-best time in the Big Ten this season. Texas captured the title in 3:35.08.
The Buckeyes return to Columbus for the 24th Annual Jesse Owens Track Classic May 1-2, their first home meet of the year.
Up Next: hosting Jesse Owens Classic, 2 p.m. May 1 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
hosting Jesse Owens Classic, 11 a.m. May 2 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio

No. 11 Men’s Volleyball (14-10; 9-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson was named the 2009 MIVA Coach of the Year April 23 by a vote of the conference coaches. He has won the honor the last three seasons and nine times in his 25 years with the Buckeyes.
Ohio State had six players named to the 2009 MIVA all-conference team with three first team selections and three second team selections. Named to the first team were setter Steven Kehoe (So., North Bend, Ohio), outside hitter Robbie Klein (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) and opposite Ted Schoenfeldt (Jr., Northbrook, Ill.). Buckeye second-team selections include middle blocker John Albertson (Sr., Ballwin, Mo.), libero Mik Berzins (Fr., Brinklow, Md.) and outside hitter John Klanac (So., Orchard Park, N.Y.).
The MIVA tournament semifinals and championship match will be hosted by Ohio State in St. John Arena. In the April 30 semifinals, second-seeded Lewis will play third-seeded Ball State at 5 p.m. and top-seeded Ohio State will face fourth-seeded Loyola-Chicago at 7:30 p.m. The semifinal winners play at 7 p.m., Saturday May 2 for the tournament championship and the MIVA automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, May 7 and 9 in Provo, Utah, hosted by Brigham Young.
Up Next: hosting MIVA Tournament Semifinal Games, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 30 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio
hosting MIVA Tournament Championship Game, 7 p.m. May 2 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio

Wrestling
Head coach: Tom Ryan
Head coach Tom Ryan announced Tommy Rowlands, former Buckeye and two-time NCAA champion, has ended his official capacity on the Buckeye coaching staff while continuing to support the program as the executive director of the Ohio Region Training Center April 20. Ryan, who led Ohio State to its second-consecutive second-place finish at the NCAA championships in 2009, welcomes another Buckeye two-time national title winner to his staff in J Jaggers as the volunteer assistant coach for the 2009-10 season.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule April 29-May 3

April 29
SB vs. Western Michigan, 5 p.m. at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio
BSB vs. Akron, 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
SB vs. Western Michigan, 7:35 p.m. at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio

April 30-May 2
WLAX at ALC Tournament, TBA in State College, Pa.
SYNCH at U.S. Senior National Championships, TBA in Palo Alto, Calif.

April 30
MVB in MIVA Tournament Semifinal Games, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio

May 1-3
MGLF at Big Ten Championships, TBA in State College, Pa.
MLAX at GWLL Tournament, TBA in Birmingham, Mich.

May 1
MTRK hosting Jesse Owens Classic, 2 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
WTRK hosting Jesse Owens Classic, 2 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
BSB vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (Big Ten Network)

May 2
ROW hosting Big Ten Championships, TBA at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio
MTRK hosting Jesse Owens Classic, 11 a.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
WTRK hosting Jesse Owens Classic, 11 a.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
SB at Northwestern, 1 p.m. in Evanston, Ill.
BSB vs. Michigan, 1 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (Big Ten Network)
MVB hosting MIVA Tournament Championship Game, 7 p.m. at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio

May 3
MTRK at Stanford Payton Jordan Invitational, TBA in Palo Alto, Calif.
BSB vs. Michigan, 1 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (Big Ten Network)
SB at Northwestern, 1 p.m. in Evanston, Ill.